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US Tax Dollars Funding African Anti-Gay Extremists

Jim Burroway

March 24th, 2009

Last January, BTB’s Timothy Kincaid highlighted the fact that some of Africa’s most ardent anti-gay extremists have received funding from the U.S. government to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Among those receiving funds from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is Uganda’s Martin Ssempa, who lead a public anti-gay vigilante campaign through the streets of Kampala demanding that the government “arrest all homos.”

Last week, Richard J. Rosendall, writing for the Bay Windows observed where some of the PEPFAR funding goes:

Charles Francis, a disillusioned former Bush appointee to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, seeks a course correction from the new president and Congress. He wrote to me last week about the need to reverse the Bush legacy that includes alliances with violent homophobes like Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa and born-again Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. The latter’s ruling party organized a March 6 demonstration in Bujumbura in which thousands of people demanded the criminalization of homosexuality.

“Today,” Francis writes, “we see this wave growing dangerously across the continent, from Senegal, where AIDS activists are now imprisoned, to Nigeria, where lawmakers want to jail gay people merely for living together, to Uganda, where three Americans recently held a public seminar on the ‘Homosexual Agenda.’ It is time to put a ‘hold’ on PEPFAR until Congress can demand the transparency and the necessary reform for this program.”

Our tax dollars are lining the pockets of those who don’t just promote prejudice and hatred, but who even would have us dead, exiled, or imprisoned for life. PEPFAR needs to be scrapped or exhaustively overhauled to include accountability and transparency, and which demands accountability and transparency on the part of its recipients. Ssempa must not receive one more cent of my tax money. Or yours.

[Hat tip: Michael Airhart]



Charles Lanigan
March 24th, 2009 | LINK

Are there any national lobbying group (HRC,Task Force,etc.) that are addressing this issue through action alerts or do you urge us to contact our representatives with this specific article to see what they can do?

March 25th, 2009 | LINK

Yes, how do we fight this?

March 25th, 2009 | LINK

Can anyone thell what the hell the “homosexual agenda” really is?

Mike Airhart
March 25th, 2009 | LINK

I recommend that commenters bring this to the attention of reporters for their local gay news media as well as national gay media.

Ask the media to consult with groups like Human Rights Watch and examine PEPFAR’s allocations to violent antigay organizations in Africa.

Also ask the media to interview local ex-gay ministries for their opinions of the Exodus national leadership’s role in promoting vigilantism and Holocaust revisionism in Uganda.

Finally, write to your congressional reps and senators and ask them to freeze PEPFAR programs until PEPFAR’s role in promoting violence and increased AIDS rates can be thoroughly investigated.

Mike Airhart
March 25th, 2009 | LINK

Also, ask the media to ask Exodus and board member Don Schmierer to disclose the specific funding sources for Schmierer’s communications and travel to Africa. Then they should trace the money through the various laundered channels to the original source.

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